Fishing News

Fishing News 2018-03-26T09:25:34+00:00

NMDGF Fishing News

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Buy a License Online or by Telephone

Licenses and permits can be purchased online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us. The NMDGF Information Center is open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., except holidays, to answer questions and assist with purchases: 1-888-248-6866. Extended hours for the new license year are Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Licenses and permits also may be purchased at local vendors or any NMDGF office.

50% Discounts for Resident Military and Veterans

Residents of New Mexico who are active duty military or veterans can receive 50% discounts on licenses, permits and stamps. See page 4.

Red, Green or Xmas: New Special Trout Waters

Red, Green or Xmas: New Special Trout Waters, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Keeping New Mexico TrueTM, new designations for Special Trout Waters are easy to identify. Signs with the new Red Chile Water, Green Chile Water and Xmas Chile Water symbols are posted at each location and list bag limits and tackle restrictions. See pages 16–19 for complete information and locations.

No Longer Special Trout Waters

Doctor Creek, Goose Lake, Laguna del Campo, Red River Hatchery Pond, Rio Grande downstream of Elephant Butte Reservoir, Rio Pueblo and the central and kid’s ponds at Tingley Beach are no longer designated Special Trout Waters. Reduced bag limits still apply in some of these waters. Specific information is listed on pages 13–14.

New Winter Trout Waters

Alumni Pond, Corona Pond, Estancia Pond, Perch Lake, Rancho Grande Ponds, Roswell Kid’s Pond, and Rio Grande downstream of Elephant Butte Reservoir.

New Trophy Bass Waters

Bill Evans Lake, Clayton Lake, and Lake Roberts now have reduced bag limit of two (2) largemouth bass. Spearfishing and bowfishing for largemouth bass in these waters is prohibited (pages 6 and 25).

Bill Evans Lake, Clayton Lake, and Lake Roberts now have reduced bag limit of two (2) largemouth bass. Spearfishing and bowfishing for largemouth bass in these waters is prohibited (pages 6 and 25).: Liam Knight Pond, Pecos River within Villanueva State Park, Rancho Grande Ponds, and Timberon Ponds.

Aztec Pond

Now designated as Regular Trout Water.

Aztec Pond

Now designated as Regular Trout Water.

Grants Riverwalk Pond

Now open to all anglers.

Brantley Lake

Catch-and-release restriction lifted, statewide bag and possession limits now apply.

Free Mobile App Available

Free mobile app with easy access to maps, fishing reports, license purchases, rules and regulations, Operation Game Thief and “New Mexico Wildlife” magazine at: http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/home/mobile-app/.

Dates to Remember

Cimarron River fish safe to eat, tests show

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DEC. 11, 2017: Cimarron River fish safe to eat, tests show EAGLE NEST – Recent tests of trout in the Cimarron River show that the fish are now safe to eat because no traces of pollution were found from a 2016 fuel spill. A 1.5-mile stretch of the river off N.M. 64 within the Colin Neblett Wildlife Area and Cimarron Canyon State Park was closed in December 2016 after a tanker truck overturned and spilled approximately 1,100 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel into the river. The area between mile marker 291 to the Perryville Fishing Access Area was reopened to angling in May 2017 after successful restoration efforts, but anglers were advised to eat no more than three meals of fish per month from the spill Read more...

Upcoming enhancements of San Juan River at Navajo Lake State Park

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, NOV. 28, 2017: Upcoming enhancements of San Juan River at Navajo Lake State Park Expect temporary closures of day-use areas FARMINGTON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will begin a river enhancement project on Dec. 15 on the San Juan River at Navajo Lake State Park from Simon Point Day-Use Area downriver to the Crusher Hole Day-Use Area. Temporary closures of multiple day-use areas are expected until April 2018. The project will include a new boat takeout at Crusher Hole Day-Use Area. The Crusher Hole area will be closed to the public from Dec. 15, 2017, through March 1, 2018. There will be no access to the boat takeout at Crusher Hole while the new takeout is constructed. Bolack Day-Use Area will be closed Read more...

Public urged to catch fish in Estancia Park Pond as water level drops

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Nov. 1, 2017: Public urged to catch fish in Estancia Park Pond as water level drops SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish has issued an emergency salvage order allowing the public to harvest an unlimited amount of fish by any means through Nov. 10 from Estancia Park Pond. The salvage order was requested by the Town of Estancia as one of the town's wells that supplies the pond is currently out of service and fish soon may begin dying as the water level drops. Tackle regulations will be suspended during the salvage period that runs through 11:59 p.m. Nov. 10. The salvage order will allow anglers to use nets or other means to remove fish from the pond. Anglers ages 12 and older are Read more...

Cutthroat trout featured on new license plate

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact: Information Center (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 25, 2017: Cutthroat trout featured on new license plate SANTA FE – A new Share with Wildlife program license plate available to the public features a Rio Grande cutthroat trout, New Mexico's state fish. “Anglers and everyone who enjoys our state's fish and aquatic habitats will love this new license plate,” said Ginny Seamster, program coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “And it’s all for a good cause, conserving wildlife.” Since 1981 the Share with Wildlife program has funded wildlife research, habitat enhancement, education and rehabilitation projects around the state. Many of these projects benefit nongame species in need of conservation. The program relies upon donations, including the purchase of special license plates from Read more...

Public meetings will address trespassing on private land

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 11, 2017: Public meetings will address trespassing on private land ALAMOGORDO – Representatives of the Department of Game and Fish and the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office serving Otero and Lincoln counties will conduct public meetings Oct. 16-17 to address trespassing on private lands and the obligations of landowners, hunters and anglers. District Attorney John Sugg and department conservation officers will discuss various issues regarding trespass laws, including sign posting requirements, written permission to use private lands for hunting and fishing, and possible penalties for violations. Meeting times and sites: Oct. 16 Corona: 9 to 11 a.m., Corona Senior Center, 451 Main St. Capitan: 1 to 3 p.m., Capitan Senior Center, 115 Tiger Drive. Hondo: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Hondo High School, 111 Don Pablo Lane. Read more...